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The Mark of the Christian (IVP Classics) Paperback – November 30, 2006
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*A new edition of an IVP classic *Presents love as the ultimate apologetic for the faith *Describes what a true Christian witness looks like in our needy and broken world
About the Author
Francis A. Schaeffer founded L'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland and was the author of many books, including The God Who Is There and Escape from Reason. Until his death in 1984, he was a noted speaker with a worldwide ministry. His love for both those who agreed and those who disagreed with him continues to be a model for all Christians today.
James W. Sire (PhD, University of Missouri), formerly a senior editor at InterVarsity Press, is an active speaker and writer. He has taught English, philosophy, theology, and short courses at many universities and seminaries. He continues to be a frequent guest lecturer in the United States and Europe. His InterVarsity Press books and Bible studies include The Universe Next Door (a worldviews textbook), Scripture Twisting, Discipleship of the Mind, Chris Chrisman Goes to College, Why Should Anyone Believe Anything at All?, Habits of the Mind, Naming the Elephant, Learning to Pray Through the Psalms, Why Good Arguments Often Fail and A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics.
- ASIN : 0830834079
- Publisher : IVP Books; 2nd ed. edition (November 30, 2006)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 63 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780830834075
- ISBN-13 : 978-0830834075
- Item Weight : 1.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.3 x 0.21 x 6.96 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #307,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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He boldly addresses our need to weigh if those who claim to be in the faith truly are. One who is a false brother or a "Christian" by religious affiliation only cannot receive the Spirit love that we are endowed to give one another. The love between true Christians is a unique gift that we are only able to give and receive because the Spirit within us enables us to do so. If we are in Christ and refuse to give this love to a fellow believer, the world has every right to judge us as not being in Christ. To not love is to refuse His mark.
John 17:21 tells us that we should be one as Christ and the Father are one. To refuse to be unified as one tells the world a deep message according to this verse. It tells the watching world that the Father did not send the Son. Schaeffer again addresses the ideas of false unity that are propagated throughout the church. Beware of being unified in anything but Christ.
"It is not a mushy, gooey, romantic love, but one that is practical and that a watching (sinful) world can see."
An incredibly short book, less than 40 pages long, The Mark of a Christian is a powerful and poignant book for every Christian today. In the era when denominational struggles reign and Christianity is presented to mainstream audiences highlighting the most extreme antics of gay-bashing and anti-abortion demonstrations where young women are labeled as murderers, it's not difficult to see why the world views all religious people as "fanatical" and "extremists." Some radicals are "called by God" to fly planes into tall buildings, others cut the arms off their infant children. The world is left wondering what kind of God these people worship. Schaeffer agrees with them.
True Christianity, Schaeffer argues, is marked by this one great principle - love. Love for God is demonstrated by a love for His greatest creation: man. Which means that one fundamental principle of the Christian walk is truly loving one another. While this may sound simple, Schaeffer explains that this is the greatest contradiction to the self-centered human nature of the unredeemed and when faced with the concept of a sacrificial love for another, the world will be turned upside down!
We all know those self-professed followers of Christ who we definitely wouldn't describe as embodying the quality of love - this short and powerful book is for them; and for all Christians as a reminder that what the world needs more is love, sweet love...it truly is the only thing that's worth living (and dying) for.